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SAA Comments on NARA Draft Strategic Plan

Citing “much in your draft that resonates with our own [strategic plan],” SAA President Jackie Dooley’s letter to NARA in response to the agency’s draft strategic plan suggests reconsidering the proposed objective of digitizing all analog records, adding an objective to encourage external professional involvement by NARA employees, and adding a statement emphasizing “the importance of NHPRC in supporting the national archival community by enabling access by more people to more historical records.” Read SAA’s comments here.

DACS Second Edition in Print and PDF

Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS) is available both in print and PDF. This new edition reflects the growing convergence among archival, museum, and library standards; aligns DACS with the descriptive standards developed and supported by the International Council on Archives; and provides guidance on the creation of archival authority records. Click here to access the free PDF; the print edition is available for purchase in the SAA Bookstore.

ARCHIVES 2013 Early Bird Rate Extended to July 10!

There’s still time to save! The early-bird registration date has been extended until close of business on Wednesday, July 10. Register today for ARCHIVES 2013 and save at least $110 off onsite registration rates.

Minutes of May Council Meeting Adopted

Browse the minutes of the May 15-17, 2013, Council meeting here.

ARCHIVES 2013 Early-Bird Rate Ends July 5!

ARCHIVES 2013 is your best opportunity all year to Make CONNECTIONS, LEARN, and GET INSPIRED! Register today and save at least $110 off onsite registration rates.

The 2013 I Found It In The Archives! Winner

Voters chose Nacogdoches, Texas, resident Misty Hurley as the winner of this year's contest! Hurley's essay, which was submitted by the East Texas Research Center, details her study of the logbooks at the Carson-Monk Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, which, she discovered, contain much more than mere listings of individuals. Hurley's prize includes complimentary airfare to the Joint Annual Meeting in New Orleans this August. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's contest!

June 9 Is International Archives Day

October may be American Archives Month, but JUNE 9 is INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES DAY. Thanks to sponsorship by the International Council on Archives, you can see what your colleagues from Belgium to the Baltic to Tonga are doing by clicking here (where you can also download an International Archives Day poster). And you can help spread the word about the Universal Declaration on Archives, which recognizes the essential role of archives in supporting administrative accountability and transparency, protecting the rights of individuals and organizations, and forming part of the cultural heritage of society. So on June 9, think globally and act locally!

Volunteer for Mosaic Program Advisory Group or Selection Committee

SAA and the Association of Research Libraries have been awarded a three-year, $487,000 IMLS grant to develop a diversity recruitment program extending SAA’s Mosaic Scholarship program. SAA Vice President/President-Elect Danna Bell-Russel seeks volunteers for five positions on the Mosaic Program Advisory Group and three positions on the Selection Committee. Read more here. Deadline: Monday, June 24.

Joint Statement on Parameters for NHPRC Grants

In a “Joint Statement on Parameters for National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grants,” SAA, the Council of State Archivists, and the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators recommend that NARA focus the NHPRC grants program on suggested criteria “to ensure that the program provides maximum impact and produces demonstrable results.” Read the Joint Statement and accompanying letter to Archivist of the United States David Ferriero here.

"The American Archivist": New Issue Available Online

The Spring/Summer 2013 issue of The American Archivist is now available online; the print edition will arrive in your mailbox shortly. This issue contains eleven articles that reflect the ways in which the archival profession is evolving. It also debuts a new redesign of the journal, bringing you a cleaner, more contemporary look. Be sure to add it to your summer reading list!

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